sociopath

noun
so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə- \

Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

Examples of sociopath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many years after playing this role in the film, Trintignant lost his real-life daughter, Marie, at the hands of a violent sociopath. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Standing Up for Canada’s Most Vulnerable," 26 Sep. 2020 Very charming, very manipulative, and controlling, all traits consistent with being a sociopath. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 1 Aug. 2020 Mary Trump, who holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology, goes so far as to diagnose him as a high-functioning sociopath, to whom love meant nothing. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "A bizarre White House dinner with Donald Trump and more cringeworthy moments from Mary Trump’s book," 9 July 2020 Woods has been called the ringleader and a sociopath by his old nemesis, the sheriff of Madera County where the school bus was hijacked. George Osterkamp, CBS News, "Notorious Chowchilla bus kidnapper ran a gold mine and Christmas tree farm from prison," 13 Oct. 2019 But after Stone, the sociopaths were, more likely than not, political operatives and their accomplices. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, "Robert Stone’s Bad Trips," 20 May 2020 Ironically, the empathizers may spend years in therapy trying to liberate their inner sociopath. Popular Science, "Why we evolved to feel empathy during pandemics and other disasters," 28 Apr. 2020 His character — referred to as Tigrero aloud and Loco in the subtitles — is a whispering sociopath and a symbol of the Darwinian brutality that governs Snow Hill. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Great Silence,’ a 1968 Spaghetti Western Unchained," 28 Mar. 2018 Prosecutor Beth Reed | Teller County DA's Office: Very charming, very manipulative, and controlling, all traits consistent with being a sociopath. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sociopath

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociopath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sociopath. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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sociopath

noun
How to pronounce sociopath (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sociopath

: someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior

sociopath

noun
so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce sociopath (audio) \

Medical Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual

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